I know I've been MIA for a while, but now that school is in full swing again, I am busy almost all the time! It it's not school, it's church/bible study, ResLife or studying! I feel like I don't even have time for my babies sometimes!
Unfortunately the snail died this past weekend...I'm not really sure why, he was healthy and active and then the next day...gone. And I know everyone says that dead snails stink.."stink" is an understatement. That smell could raise the dead! I think for the very first time, ALL my fish are healthy!! Toby's tail is growing back (slowly but surely) and Leo is, I am pretty sure, velvet-free! It's such a relief I cant begin to describe how elated I am. Especially for Leo, my little boy has beaten all the odds and everything that has been thrown at him. He is my fighter and I'm grateful now that I didn't completely give up on him.
I have changed Star's name to Sassy...she has so much attitude it's unbelievable. She flares like a male sometimes- even at me! But she is very cute and has grown in the past couple of weeks since I've had her. She loves the frozen brine shrimp- sometimes I will stick a piece to my finger and she'll take it from me. It's cute because then she carries it around in her mouth until its almost all broken apart and then starts to "hunt" her food lol. It's definitely a sight. I finally graduated her up to a full 1.5 tank of water, since she has proved she is a very strong swimmer and she is big enough now. She likes to hang out in her little cave (I accidentally chipped off a wing from one of the bumblebees today during a water change). I also finally decided it was time to test to see if the plants that had undergone the bleach and vinegar treatment we're all clean and safe again...I picked out two smaller ones (just big enough for her little space) and rinsed the off again. They didn't smell like vinegar anymore, so I placed them in the tank and, just to ease my worrying, added twice the amount of dechlorinator (don't know how this would help against vinegar but oh we'll). So far so good! It's been about 3 hours now and she's as happy as pie. I even saw her taking a rest in one of the flowers! It's nice to see her enjoying the plants that I've worked so hard to clean!!
(this might be a longer post than normal!)
I've also decided, after much deliberation and consultation with an experienced friend on here, to make a space for Leo in the big tank. Now, before anyone flies off the handle, let me explain! I plan to give Toby and Leo each about 2 gallons worth of space. The rest (about 6 gallons) will belong to Sparky. I think he's done growing, he hasn't really grown much in the past month or so, and I think it would be beneficial for them all to have other males to exercise with. Overall though, the boys I have are pretty mild mannered. Toby is the one that is most betta-aggressive, but after he learned that Sparky (my gentle half-giant) wasn't really interested in flaring back, he's backed off quite a bit. And Leo has never shown much interest in flaring at other males- in fact he doesn't flare at anything. I'm going to do one last round of medicine, to make sure he is 100% velvet-free, before adding him. I also have to actually make the divider, lol, so it'll probably be at least another week. But my little veiltail will be able to join the "fraternity" tank (as I've started calling it lol..even though it has dividers). I think after everything he's been through he deserves a little company and much more mental stimulus than he has been getting!
I'm glad I could share a big update with everyone(: